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April 4, 2008  

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 48 (April 3, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 43 (April 4, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 69 (April 4, 2008)

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The House is in session today.

Bankruptcy

Committee Action

On 4/3/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 2136, to address the treatment of primary mortgages in bankruptcy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2133, to authorize bankruptcy courts to take certain actions with respect to mortgage loans in bankruptcy. 4/10/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced  

S 2820 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to amend Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act to extend and expand the number of states qualifying for supplemental grants under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program; to Finance. S2435, CR 4/3/08.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

H Res 1076 ( McKeon, R-CA), calling upon the courts to uphold the fundamental and constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children; to Judiciary. H2011, CR 4/3/08.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

On 4/3/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Catharina Haynes, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

On 4/3/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Mark S. Davis, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; David J. Novak, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; David Gregory Kays, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri; and Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

On 4/3/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered reported S 2041, to amend the False Claims Act.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 702, to authorize the attorney general to award grants to state courts to develop and implement state courts interpreter programs. 4/10/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Hearings

The Constitution Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Adequacy of Representation in Capital Cases.” 4/8/08, 10:15 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5698 ( Hastings¸ D-FL), to amend Titles XVI, XVIII, XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to remove inmate limitations on Medicaid, Medicare, SSI and SCHIP benefits for persons in custody pending disposition of charges; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H2010, CR 4/3/08.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5703 ( Lewis, D-GA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that elderly and disabled individuals receiving in-home care under certain government programs are not liable for the payment of employment taxes with respect to the providers of such care; to Ways and Means. H2011, CR 4/3/08.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5699 ( Hensarling, R-TX), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to protect uncompensated Internet activity by individuals from treatment as a contribution or expenditure under the Act; to House Administration. H2010, CR 4/3/08.

Health Laws

Bills Introduced

S 2819 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to preserve access to Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program during an economic downturn; to Finance. S2435, CR 4/3/08.

HR 5707 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities; to Judiciary. H2011, CR 4/3/08.

Housing and Homelessness

Floor Action

On 4/3/08, the Senate passed S Res 503, recognizing and honoring the 40 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and the 20 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 5695 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require applications for voter registration with respect to elections for federal office to include a statement that an alien who falsely claims to be a citizen of the United States is deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act; to House Administration. H2010, CR 4/3/08.

HR 5706 ( Myrick, R-NC), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for employing illegal aliens; to Judiciary. H2011, CR 4/3/08.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 2815 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to increase unsubsidized Stafford loan limits for undergraduate students, provide for a secondary market for FFEL loans, allow for the in-school deferment of PLUS loans, augment the maximum Federal Pell Grant for the lowest income students, and expand the number of students eligible to obtain loans under the lender-of-last-resort program; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2435, CR 4/3/08.

National Security

Hearings

The Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Ensuring FEMA’s Ability To Respond in the Wake of National Catastrophe.” 4/9/08, 10 am, 311 Cannon.

The Management, Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Solving the Department of Homeland Security’s Management Challenges.” 4/9/08, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2533, to enact a safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act. On 4/2/08, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter to the committee in support of the legislation. 4/10/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

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